Ulm University (UULM) was founded in 1967. An attractive and seminal course catalogue, high standard of education, internationality, interdisciplinarity and top-level innovative research have become trademarks of Ulm University. Ulm University (UULM) will participate with the Institute of Microwave Engineering which is a globally well-known research group in the field of millimetre wave system design for communication and sensor applications ranging from 1 GHz up to several 100 GHz. The Institute head by Prof. Waldschmidt has presently has a staff of 25 members and has more than 25 years of experience developing highly innovative system architectures encompassing the component design as well as the signal processing and partitioning close to the involved hardware. The current focus of the institute is on sensor system level. However, likewise major achievements in the antenna area has been obtained as the invention and development of the folded reflectarray antenna. This class of antenna has been deployed over several years in the intelligent cruise control system of Mercedes-Benz’s high-end vehicle segment indicating the institute’s strong history of effective collaborations with industry. Two projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) have been dealing with beamforming based on reflectarray antennas and reconfigurable antennas based on liquid crystal material. Significant microwave and millimetre-wave microsystem expertise for satellite communications has also been built up in the course of the FP7 Project FLEXWIN. The project results published in international scholarly journals and presented at international conferences have been awarded twice with the best paper demonstrating the competitiveness of the research institution.

Role in the FLEXCOM project

  • Definition of the system requirements
  • Design and characterization of the radiating elements
  • Implementation, calibration, and  testing of the active antenna module